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a people living near Lake Albert in the Republic of Uganda. Population, about 300,000 (1967, estimate). Their language belongs to the Bantu family. In language and culture the Banyoro are closely related to the Batoro and Banyankole peoples. The Banyoro retain local traditional beliefs; Christianity is also spreading. In the 15th century the Banyoro created the Banyoro state, which became part of the British protectorate of Uganda in 1896. The chief occupations of the Banyoro are agriculture and cattle raising.